It’s All So Familiar, Change Is Urgent – ‘Our season is in tatters’
I said that last year, the year before and the year before that in fact I think I’ve said that every year since 2008 where an Eduardo injury left ‘our season in tatters’, when will it stop?
I have the answer…. when the great professor does.
The Barclays Premier League title race is now over as we sit 12 points behind the leaders already. We are likely to face a tricky tie in the next stage in Europe as yet again we can’t top the group, therefore we already have pretty much nothing to play for…oh well there’s top four of course but when will that change?
What annoys me most is regardless of all the debating and speculating we do during our bad spells the situation will remain and Arsene Wenger will have his most die-hard fans backing him to the hills again come May.
The man has this remarkable ability to survive at Arsenal and fool supporters into thinking things will be different but they won’t be.
For instance this current turmoil we find ourselves in will be forgotten shortly when we muster a decent run together, which we will.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we turned up against and beat Manchester United in our next game considering the potential backlash otherwise and we’ll maybe delude ourselves into thinking we might be onto something, then we’ll get our injured players back (Olivier Giroud, Mikel Arteta, Laurent Koscielny?) and people begin to highlight how things would have been different if those absentees weren’t out.
We might struggle again briefly in the February-March period (Arsenal always put dark clouds over my birthday) whilst getting kicked out of Europe but again players will return from injuries and we gather some form and achieve the almighty fourth spot our manager craves and well, the world keeps on spinning really.
I however refuse to get fooled by this repetitive cycle, we need something new, even if it doesn’t work out it’s still worth testing as we’ve tried and tested Wenger for way too long with minimal evidence of long-lasting progress.
It’s unbelievable how all our newly gained excitement and ambitions has already diminished this early.
We took a while to bring in players during the world cup but it seemed like once we started we couldn’t stop the likes of Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez were of real quality whilst players like Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina felt like sensible replacements.
We brought in a new International fitness coach and it felt like Wenger really meant business this year.
And then…we let Carl Jenkinson go out on loan which I could never come to terms with unless there was true belief in Hector Bellerin’s competence which I don’t think there currently is, we snapped Barca’s hands off on their offer for our captain despite hardly being able to use a natural central defensive pairing in pre-season.
We then waited till the last minute to ‘look for quality’ which typically screwed us. Koscielney apparently had his Achilles problem during the World Cup whilst Ospina was brought to the club injured.
How we can expect a title challenge when players at the standard of Mathieu Flamini, Arteta and Nacho Monreal feature right through the middle of our team on a weekly basis is beyond me.
Our spine is too old, slow and weak with Per Mertesacker, Arteta and formerly Giroud at the heart of it. A lucky deadline day swoop for Danny Welbeck helped improve one of our issues but you could argue that the other two were bigger problems at the end of august and we did nothing.
Our season just reeks of poor planning and decision making.
Arsene Wenger is not the right man to elevate us to the next level as he hasn’t addressed the glaring issues that have stared us in the face for years and shows little sign of doing so.
I haven’t even bothered to write about our on field problems because that’s easy for everyone to see.
Anyway I could go on but you may have already heard what I had to say last year, or the year before or…you know the rest!
On to the dire International break, then United, I fancy us to win this one to be honest (wink face).